Alain Vigneault! You are politely excused…

alain vigneault

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Phil, the bartender, takes a break from all things BC Lions to give us his top five head coach wish list. There are a few names here that should be more than a little familiar to the casual fan in Vancouver, plus one that seems to come out of left field. But as a bartender, Phil knows what the folks on the streets are saying. Hell, half of them could step right in to take over for Alain Vigneault right now!

Revisiting the BC Lions 2013 draft

2013 CFL Draft

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater brings us a recap from the BC Lions 2013 CFL Draft. A few of these players are expected to stay on at their perspective universities for this season, but the Lions hope to see them in uniform in the future. One of those players, LB Bo Lokombo, will stay at Oregon in hopes of upping his NFL draft stock this next season.

Welcome to BC Hunter Steward….Offensive line Liberty

Hunter Steward was BC's first round pick. (Liberty.edu)

BC Lions Selections Heading into Monday’s draft, the BC Lions were looking to fill some large voids on their roster, most notably along the offensive line. And if filling large gaps was the plan, Mission Accomplished. Hunter Steward is a big individual, standing 6’7” and over 290lbs, with room to grow.  Gauged as one of the […]

What should the Lions do on Draft day?

What Will Wally Do? (ottowasun.com)

NWSB Insider and BC Lions’ blogger Phil Slater speaks his mind on what he believes the Lions will do in the upcoming CFL Draft. Travis Lulay, Andrew Harris and Adam Bighill are players that will be operating under new deals. Buono has also brought in some little known talent to fill out the depth at quarterback and O-Line, but he is still a few players removed from bringing in a full squad to the upcoming training camp in Kamloops.

Who’s In? Who’s Out? The B.C. Lions have reloaded!

In comes Rudy to backup Lulay

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater tells us that the Leo’s have reloaded their roster in advance of trying to win the 2013 Grey Cup. Anthony Reddick, the veteran outside linebacker was released, most likely to give Lin-J Shell or Solomon Elimimian additional playing time. Khalif Mitchell & Geroy Simon are also gone. In are Justin Harper, Elvis Akpla, Adrian Awasom, Adrian Awasom and DJ Woods. Lets go!

The 2013 pre-season starts for the BC Lions

Travis Lulay BC Lions QB

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater tells us that the Leo’s preseason is in full effect. Coach Benevides has the offense working extra hard this spring, with Travis Lulay and the WR corps getting extra reps with the new offense. Gone is Geroy Simon, but who needs him anyways (trader). But the Bartender wants to know who will step up? Who will be the next go to guy for the Lions?

BC Lions GM and coaching staff on the prowl for depth players

Wally Buono

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater tells us with all the off season activity in the CFL the most impactful transaction probably happened right here in BC with trade with Edmonton, where the BC Lions lost their valuable backup QB Mike Reilly. Buono and Coach Mike Benevides have been left searching for a high-quality number two option behind CFL All Star Travis Lulay.

The countdown to CFL Kickoff is on for the BC Lions

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater brings us not only the must see games on the docket for the Lions in the 2013 football season, but also the most notable dates that any fan won’t want to miss. Besides the normal big dates like opening day, playoffs, and the 101st Grey Cup, Phil points out what might be the most watched game of the year for fans when the Riders come to town bringing Leo’s legend Geroy Simon.

Free agent frenzy kicks off for the BC Lions in the CFL

Julius Williams BC Lions

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater brings us an update after the first day of the CFL Free Agency Period. With 20 moves on the first day, the BC Lions did their part to try and stay as active as they could be. Bringing in DE Julius Williams from Edmonton, and losing LB James Yurichuk to Toronto. GM Wally Buono was busy re-signing two players who were not in the free agent class, Paris Jackson, and Korey Banks. With plenty of time still remaing, Phil thinks that there will still be more singings in Leos camp soon.

How the BC Lions will look to Roar in the Free Agent market

Mark Dewit Stampeders

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater brings us his wish list for Wally Buono in this years free agency signing period. As Phil recalls, defense was excellent this past year, but what needs a big dose of retooling this year is the offense. With a mix of trades, releases, and poor play, the Lions are in need of a new look offense, starting with the line. Phil has his eyes on a couple non-import veterans from the Riders, and Stamps. There are a few WR’s available that Phil likes as well, and he would like to see Buono go out and get another QB either via trade, or free agency.

2014 Olympics: Van City snubbed for Sochi

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger points out that so far, no Canucks names have been included in Team Canada’s 2014 Olympic roster. Now, the Bartender thinks that is a travesty. We all know that Roberto Luongo deserves to be between the pipes in Russia, but Phil also thinks that Alex Burrows and Dan Hamhuis deserve to get at least a tryout for the team.

BC Lions Roster Update: Moving Day in the den

Mike Reilly

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater updates us today on the Leo’s roster after the Mike Reilly trade today made by Wally Buono. The mastermind GM behind the Lions franchise. Phil says the Leo’s must lock up Shawn Gore. He is the next real deal. A Mr. Everything for the Lions Offense as he is the possession receiver, a threat at every range and can be lined up inside or flexed out wide.

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